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    Sale 7537

    The Somov Collection

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 219

    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)

    Menu for a celebratory dinner for Le Club des Quatres on St Konstantin's Day, 3 June 1937

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    Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939)
    Menu for a celebratory dinner for Le Club des Quatres on St Konstantin's Day, 3 June 1937
    signed with initials 'C.S.' (on the illustration)
    pencil, watercolour and ink on paper
    7¾ x 5¾ in. (19.7 x 14.6 cm.)
    Together with a lithograph of the menu for Le Club des Quatres dated 23 July 1936 depicting Somov's countryhouse in Normandy; and figure studies in pencil (3)


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    Le Club des Quatres was a friendly association of four painters: G. I. Krug (1908-1969), L. A. Uspensky (1902-1987), V. I. Budanova and K. A. Somov. Together they formed the Academie de Grandvilliers.
    In Album no. 3, p. 10 (lot 42), there is a preparatory sketch for this menu.

    In February 1925 M. G. Lukianov bought a farm in Normandy in a small village called Grandvilliers, where he lived with his friend M. Kralin. There they raised birds and rabbits. In June 1925 on his return from New York, Somov was astonished by the natural beauty of the area. In 1926 Somov bought the farm in Grandvilliers from Lukianov.

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